International Development Month

Canada's International Development Week this year runs from February 7th - 12th, 2021. But here at GIDS, we wanted to give ID students and staff an entire MONTH full of ID-themed events, webinars and activities. With less than a decade until 2030, International Development Month is an ideal moment to reflect on how the UN's Sustainable Development Goals affect our realities both at home and abroad. This year’s International Development Month theme is “Go for the Goals,” with a focus on gender equality, health and climate change. Check out this month's event list below! 

Event Description Details
Merger: A Strategy for Resilience in the COVID-19 era 

Organization: Sustainability Network 

The COVID-19 era and the emerging recession bring stark challenges to environmental NGOs. Merger is a strategy that organizations can consider to survive this storm and thrive in the years ahead. This webinar presents an overview of nonprofit mergers, including: 

• Benefits and risks of merger 

• Established success factors 

• Alternate structures available to organizations considering consolidation 

• Legal and financial considerations 

• Overview of the merger process

Thursday, February 4th, 2021

1:00 – 2:15 PM

Cost: $25.00 

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Note: A recording of the webinar and a copy of the slides will be provided to registrants. All participants will receive a confirmation email and a link to join the webinar through Zoom. 

IFAD at Guelph: Exploring Career Paths in Rural Agriculture and Finance

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a United Nations specialized agency, and the IFAD Guelph Student Club invite you to join our discussion on professional opportunities in the rural development sector. This event includes panelists from IFAD and the IFAD Youth Network, who will share their experiences and provide insights on entering the development field. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with development professionals and ask their most pressing questions!


  • Joanna Veltri, Chief, American Liaison Office, IFAD
  • Michele Pennella, IFAD Youth Network

Monday, February 8th, 2021

10:00 - 11:00 AM

Cost: FREE

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Note: All participants will receive a confirmation email and a link to join the webinar on the day of the event.

Utilizing Blended Finance to Help Developing Countries Build Back Better

Organization: Toronto Centre

This webinar will explore how to effectively and safely leverage limited international development resources through encouraging private sector investment, use blended finance to advance gender-focused investments and balance growth and investment and maintain financial and economic stability. 

Wednesday, February 10th, 2021

9:00 - 10:15am

Cost: FREE

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Partnering for Change: Overcoming Barriers to Adolescent Girls’ Education in Sub-Saharan Africa and during COVID-19 

Organization: Children Believe

This webinar will explore recent experiences and best practices in overcoming barriers to education, and examine how innovation in education for girls, especially during the pandemic, can bear fruit in the long run. We will also discuss funding efforts in education for adolescent girls and young women in STEM in Africa. 

Wednesday, February 10th, 2021

10:00 - 11:00 AM

Cost: FREE

One in Eight Billion: Students as Global Citizens 

Find out how YOU, as students, can get involved in the global development sector. OPEN TO EVERYONE!

Learn from the global experiences and career paths of global development sector professionals from the United Nations World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator, Caribbean Development Bank, Global Affairs Canada, Victoria International Development Education Association (VIDEA), and Right to Play Canada.

Thursday, February 11th, 2021

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Cost: FREE

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Note: A Zoom URL link and password will be sent to all registered attendees via email 1 day before this event.

IDSOC's Area of Emphasis Panel


Friday, February 12th, 2021

11:00 - 12:00 PM

Cost: FREE

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Note: MS Teams link will be available on IDSOC's Instagram bio on the day of the event.

The Trouble with Canadian Aid: Reflecting on International Development Week

The Canadian Network on Humanitarian History and the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute will be hosting a webinar on Canada's International Development, "The trouble with Canadian Aid".

This panel discussion features David Webster (Bishop's University), Jill Campbell-Miller (Carleton University), Nassisse Solomon (Western University), April Ingham (Pacific People's Partnership), Dru Oja Jay (co-author, Paved with Good Intentions), and moderated by Biance Mugyenyi (Canadian Foreign Policy Institute) and is open to the public. 

Thursday, February 18th, 2021

7pm Eastern Time

Cost: FREE

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Doc Night with IDSOC and GIDSA Join IDSOC and GIDSA on February 24th for a night full of Black History Month documentaries and discussions!

Registered participants will gain access to FOUR short films from the National Film Board of Canada: Black Soul, The Colour of Beauty, Remember Africville, and Older, Stronger, Wiser. Our post-screening discussion and Q&A will be a chance to explore these films and discuss overlapping themes surrounding Black History Month.

Join us for a night full of learning and reflecting, brought to you by Oxfam at Guelph and JAYU x Guelph.

Wednesday, February 24th, 2021

5:30 PM

Cost: FREE

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Looking for more? Check out resources and links offered by the Government of Canada for International Development Week: